“Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley sometimes stayed within generic boundaries, but elsewhere Wiley’s lines veered into angular, sweet-and-sour tangents, as if a modern Chicago tenor renegade like Von Freeman or the late John Gilmore had wandered onto the bandstand.”
– Boston Globe
"Wiley’s playing is “folk” in the manner of Ornette Coleman’s: prizing instinct over technique, blowing pure emotion despite harmony or form."
- Jazz Times Magazine
“Wiley’s a tenor titan when he tacks off on something, swinging like crazy, leaping all over the chart like it’s a jungle gym; blowing hot, then cool, first strident, then tip-toeing through a chorus.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
"Wiley makes the point the only way he knows how: with musical notes and his
saxophone. He’s earned our attention."
– Down Beat Magazine
SAN FRANCISCO SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER HOWARD WILEY CONTINUES HIS COMPELLING EXPLORATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRISON MUSIC ON “TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY,”THE FOLLOWUP TO HIS PREVIOUS CD, “THE ANGOLA PROJECT”ORIGINALLY INSPIRED BY THE DOCUMENTED FIELD RECORDINGS OF ALAN AND JOHN LOMAX AND HARRY OSTER,WILEY REFLECTS ON HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE VISITING THE PLANTATION-LIKE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY IN ANGOLA With an All-Star SF Bay Area Band That Delivers a Range of Styles, From Gospel to Jazz to Rap “TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY” FEATURES A 13-SONG SUITE OF WILEY ORIGINALS THAT TELL TALES OF WOE AND REDEMPTION